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Merck replaces head of research

NEW YORK —Merck is replacing its head of research with the retired research chief at Amgen, a leadership shake-up that follows several major setbacks.

Dr. Roger M. Perlmutter, 60, the former research head of Amgen, will replace Peter S. Kim, 55, Merck’s current head of research, who is retiring, the company said Thursday. Perlmutter starts April 15, and the two will work ­together until Kim leaves in August.

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